Neil Taylor was not a popular figure on Twitter last night after his late challenge on Seamus Coleman broke the Ireland international's leg.
The Aston Villa defender was sent off in the 0-0 draw while playing for Wales, with many football fans choosing to vent their anger online at the poor tackle.
However, the Twitter users targeted their attacks at the wrong person - with Altrincham ex-councillor Neil Taylor receiving a torrent of abuse from outraged supporters.
Blimey the perils of having the same name as a football player!— Neil Taylor (@neil_taylor_) March 24, 2017
Despite receiving a number of complaints abouthisperformance for Wales, the politician took the messages in good spirit, denying that he was the footballer.
Taylor was amusingly called a d**khead by one fan, but asserted that he was not in Dublin playing for Wales, but insteadhad "Been out for a curry and beer to celebrate wedding anniversary ;)"
In fact, the politician of the same name admitted that he does not even like football.
1: I do not play football— Neil Taylor (@neil_taylor_) March 24, 2017
2: I dont even like football
3; I was in a school footie team aged about 6 (we lost every game)
The football-playing Neil Taylor will now miss Wales' upcoming qualifier with Serbia due to suspension, while Seamus Coleman underwent surgery after fracturing his right tibia and fibula.